Screenwriter-director Curtis Hanson’s twisty, quite brilliant little 1987 thriller stars Steve Guttenberg as Terry, who makes love to Sylvia (Isabelle Huppert), the wife of his boss Colin (Paul Shenar).
Sylvia witnesses an attempted murder on Denise (Elizabeth McGovern) from Terry’s bedroom window, but gets Terry to tell the police.
There ensues a nail-biting, sexy adult thriller that Hitchcock would have been proud of, as the likeable hero Guttenberg finds himself dragged deeper and deeper into a labyrinth of deception and murder.
Despite, or maybe because of, all the red herrings, it is entirely engrossing, entertaining and credible and the Baltimore backdrop is well used. Hanson’s screenplay is based on the novel The Witnesses by Anne Holden.
Also in the cast are Frederick Coffin, Wallace Shawn, Maury Chaykin, Carl Lumbly, Brad Greenquist, Robert Schenkhan, Sara Carlson and Mark Margolis.
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RIP Curtis Hanson (1945– 20 September 2016).